Indian tribes of the upper Missouri

Government Printing OfficeWashington D.C. • Published In 1930 • Pages:

By: Denig, Edwin Thompson, Hewitt, J. N. B. (John Napoleon Brinton).

This monograph presents a general ethnography of traditional Assiniboine society as it existed in the mid 1850s. The author lived with the Indians for an entire year, (probably around 1854), gathering information and confirming the data obtained from his informants. A wide range of subject coverage is presented in this work, but some of the major topics discussed are: history, geography, fauna, pictographs, astronomy, medicine, social and political organization, warfare, property, religion, courtship and marriage, hunting, dancing and amusements, and games and gambling. Denig notes that much of the ethnographic data on the Assiniboine contained herein also applies to the Sioux, Arikara, Mandan, Gros Ventres, Cree, and Blackfoot. These groups are designated by the author as 'prairie roving or wild tribes', reflecting the general attitude of his day regarding native American populations.
HRAF PubDate
North America
Sub Region
Plains and Plateau
Document Type
Creator Type
Document Rating
5: Excellent Primary Data
John Beierle ; 2001
Coverage Date
late eighteenth- mid nineteenth centuries
Coverage Place
Upper Missouri River area, United States
by Edwin Thompson Denig., with notes and biographical sketch by J.N.B. Hewitt
From the manuscript of an undated report made, probably, about 1854: it 'concerned the native tribes of the upper Missouri river, to wit, the Arikara, the Mandan, the Sioux, the Gros Ventres, the Cree, the Crows, the Assiniboin, and the Blackfeet … although the Assiniboin seem to have been the chief subjects of his observations.' cf. p. 377, 379
Includes bibliographical references (p. 627-628)
ca 31000079
Assiniboine Indians